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Old 11-15-2012, 02:27 PM   #1
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Interstate Pulling a Toad

I've had my Interstate for almost a year now, and I've been thinking, I really like this whole RV camping thing. But one drawback to the Interstate is, once I set up camp, I'm awfully limited in my ability to explore surrounding communities since I'd have to break camp again to drive anywhere.

Plus, although I was fortunate in not having to evacuate for Hurricane Isaac, I may not be so lucky next time. The thought of having to abandon my other vehicle in favor of saving my Airstream Interstate really sticks in my craw.

I'm thinking of trading in my 2003 Durango on a smaller, lighter, and stick-shift vehicle suitable for towing. Maybe a Chevy Sonic hatchback, outfitted for towing with a Roadmaster system.

My question to the Sprinter and B-van community is this… Have any of you tried pulling a toad with your Interstate? Anything in particular to watch out for?
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:56 PM   #2
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Or, you could trade the Interstate for a trailer and pull it with your Durango.

The eternal motorhome vs trailer argument. Most motorhome owners say they don't like pulling trailers, but one of the first things they do is hook a small car behind the motorhome so they can pull that.
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:18 PM   #3
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Or, you could trade the Interstate for a trailer and pull it with your Durango.
No, I couldn't. For several reasons. I won't list them all, but one very important one is, you can't drive a trailer while you're waiting for the tow vehicle to be repaired, but with a motorhome and a toad, especially a small motorhome like an Interstate, you can drive one while the other is in the shop.

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The eternal motorhome vs trailer argument. Most motorhome owners say they don't like pulling trailers, but one of the first things they do is hook a small car behind the motorhome so they can pull that.
I didn't get a motorhome because I hate pulling a trailer. I got an Interstate because I wanted a small motorhome. Wanting a toad has nothing at all to do with the trailer vs. motorhome argument.

For me, the choice is, since I have the motorhome, and want to keep the motorhome, should I have a daily-use car the motorhome can tow, or not? For me, the answer is, "Yes, I should have a daily-use car the Interstate can tow." It's a no-brainer.

But, the thrust of my question is, is there some quirk of the Interstate as a towing vehicle that will come back to bite me if I'm not made aware of it? With particular emphasis on towing a toad, if anyone out there has experience towing a toad with an Interstate.
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So basically, it's OK when a motorhome person makes jokes on a trailer hitch thread, but not when a trailer person makes jokes on a motorhome thread?
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:29 PM   #5
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So basically, it's OK when a motorhome person makes jokes on a trailer hitch thread, but not when a trailer person makes jokes on a motorhome thread?
Didn't say that. Jokes are one thing. Hijacking my thread to turn it into a "motorhomes vs. trailers" thread with post #2, before I've gotten any kind of an answer to my question, that's something else.

Once someone comes through with an answer to my question, feel free to hijack my thread and joke all you want about how motorhome owners are idiots for not buying trailers. After all, some of us ARE idiots, for one reason or another.

And I sincerely hope that I wasn't one of the motorhome owners making jokes about "shoulda bought a motorhome" on a trailer hitch thread.
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:29 PM   #6
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Bought a Honda Fit for toad and it makes an excellent daily driver around town. Limited choices when weight and automatic shift were the criteria. Turns out to be a good choice and gives good gas mileage.
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Didn't say that. Jokes are one thing. Hijacking my thread to turn it into a "motorhomes vs. trailers" thread with post #2, before I've gotten any kind of an answer to my question, that's something else.

Once someone comes through with an answer to my question, feel free to hijack my thread and joke all you want about how motorhome owners are idiots for not buying trailers. After all, some of us ARE idiots, for one reason or another.

And I sincerely hope that I wasn't one of the motorhome owners making jokes about "shoulda bought a motorhome" on a trailer hitch thread.
You were the first one to use the word, "idiot", not me.

Hope you have a better day tomorrow.
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Bought a Honda Fit for toad and it makes an excellent daily driver around town. Limited choices when weight and automatic shift were the criteria. Turns out to be a good choice and gives good gas mileage.
Thanks. I've got a pretty good idea what kind of vehicle I want for a toad, but I'll keep the Honda Fit in mind, since I haven't actually locked in my choice yet.

I'm more concerned at this point about the suitability of the Interstate to pull a toad. Figure, a toad weighing in around 3000 pounds, tops, for an empty weight? That's well within the Interstate's towing capacity, especially since tongue weight will be next to nothing.
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You were the first one to use the word, "idiot", not me.
Yes. And since I was including myself in that category, I meant it. I always mean it when I insult myself.

I didn't take your comment about "you could trade the Interstate for a trailer and pull it with your Durango" as a joke. Despite the emoticons. Had nothing to do with me having a bad day, which I haven't. My day has actually been pretty good.

Your comment was just such a complete non-answer to my question that I didn't know HOW to take it. And that frustrated me. For my seemingly angry response, I apologize.
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I could suggest towing a smart but having two of them I might be a bit biased. They weigh in at about 1600 lbs. and two easily. If it's just you or you and a partner they are great and to top it off they are a ball to drive. But again I may be biased.

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Neatest rig I ever saw on the road was an airstream motor home pulling a utility trailer with a smart car in it. Was a 30 footer or so, but your rig would probably do it too.....Phil.
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I flat-towed a '91 Suzuki Samurai (still have it) behind our '95 VW Eurovan Camper on a cross-country tour for the same reason you described. About 1700# it was an excellent toad, would go anywhere with or without a road (and bring you back) and we did. There's still a few stock good Samurais around the Southwest for under $5k.

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After switching from an Airstream trailer to an Airstream motorhome we towed a Mini Cooper with a standard transmission I should think that if you choose a lightweight toad you should not have an issue Look at the Ready Brake Brute tow bar with the surge brake lightweight and simple
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Some folks just can't stand it that everybody does not do it the way they do it. To each his own.

I really like the Interstate and if I had one, I would definitely tow a small toad. There are lots of good ones out there that now get 40 mpg. Take a look at the Hyundai Accent and Elantra GT; pick the toad that suits you the best.

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